The House on the Strand

Many years ago, I listened to the audiobook version of The House on the Strand, by Daphne du Maurier. It was narrated by Ron Keith (a favorite narrator of mine!), and I remember really liking it, although I didn’t remember much about the story except that there was time travel in it. So I decided to reread it for my R.I.P.-XIV challenge this fall. Perfect suspense/mystery/good book! Daphne du Maurier’s books are so good.

Short summary from the publisher:

In this haunting tale, Daphne du Maurier takes a fresh approach to time travel. A secret experimental concoction, once imbibed, allows you to return to the fourteenth century. There is only one catch: if you happen to touch anyone while traveling in the past you will be thrust instantaneously to the present. Magnus Lane, a University of London chemical researcher, asks his friend Richard Young and Young’s family to stay at Kilmarth, an ancient house set in the wilds near the Cornish coast. Here, Richard drinks a potion created by Magnus and finds himself at the same spot where he was moments earlier–though it is now the fourteenth century. The effects of the drink wear off after several hours, but it is wildly addictive, and Richard cannot resist traveling back and forth in time…

It was quite an addictive book to read…one of those that you just have to keep reading so you know what happens in the end. I thought du Maurier did a great job of the time travel transitions! I enjoyed it because I do like a good time travel book!

Click here to read a full review of this book on the Daphne du Maurier web page. 

This was another fun read for my PERIL the FIRST for the R.I.P.-XIV challenge.

9 thoughts on “The House on the Strand

  1. Sandra

    Daphne is one of my favourite authors too, Robin, and I hope to read this one before the end of the year, partly because it was published 50 years ago this year and partly because I never need an excuse to read du Maurier! I doubt that I’ll squueze it in for RIP though. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  2. Les in OR

    I like time travel books, but haven’t read this one. Adding it to my list!

    Hope you are enjoying some fall weather, Robin. We are still on our road trip, enjoying our journey up Hwy. 395 and the Sierra Nevadas.

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  3. Kay

    The only book I’ve read by this author is REBECCA. I keep meaning to read more of them. Like the sound of this one and I’ll keep it in mind for the future. Thanks for sharing about it, Robin!

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  4. JaneGS

    Even though I read this as a teen, I was blown away by how good it was when I reread it last year. Such an amazingly good take on time travel—DMM was definitely a master of the psychological thriller

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